Atlanta Hawks (0-1) at Memphis Grizzlies (0-1)
NBA Basketball: Friday, October 19, 2018 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Grizzlies -8 -- Over/Under: 210.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies meet Friday in NBA action at the FedExForum.
The Atlanta Hawks look for a victory to prevent their first 0-2 start since the 2005-06 season. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 107 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 126 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Taurean Prince is averaging 21 points and six rebounds while Trae Young is averaging 14 points and five assists. Kent Bazemore is the third double-digit scorer and Alex Len is grabbing four rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 27.8 percent from beyond the arc and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost six of their last eight road games.
The Memphis Grizzlies also look for a victory to avoid their first 0-2 start since the 2011-12 season. The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 83 points on 29.8 percent shooting and allowing 111 points on 56.6 percent shooting. Marc Gasol is averaging 13 points and six rebounds while Garrett Temple is averaging 12 points and two assists. Mike Conley is the third double-digit scorer and Jaren Jackson Jr. is grabbing five rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 82.1 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Grizzlies are allowing 38.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28 rebounds per game. The Memphis Grizzlies have lost 10 of their last 13 home games.
The Hawks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Hawks are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Memphis, the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 21-8 in Grizzlies last 29 Friday games and the under is 12-5 in Hawks last 17 road games.
The Memphis Grizzlies have to be eager for a bounce back showing, as you don't see NBA teams shoot under 30 percent from the field very often. The Atlanta Hawks showed flashes offensively in their season opener, but I'm not sure how much stock you put into that considering they played the New York Knicks. The Hawks are widely expected to be the worst team in the league this season. The Grizzlies are a prideful, veteran group that should put together a complete performance at both ends of the court against these young, raw Hawks. I'll eat the chalk.